Remember this?

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I finished the quilt top in January or February of last year.  I love the colors and the fabric.  I enjoyed putting this one together.  It wasn’t a BOM, it was just a sample of quilt blocks that I found attractive.  Take a look at it today.

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Quilted and bound.  Washed and dried.  Kitty tested and kitty approved.  All in January of this year.  I didn’t capture any pictures of the back, but it is my first pieced back….a disappearing 9 patch made with layer cakes.  I’m pleased with it.  It’s my favorite quilt at the moment.

I’m still working diligently on my spools wall hanging for Project Quilting over at Persimon Dreams.  If all goes well, I will have it ready for you tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.  Hope all your quilting dreams are coming true this year!

 

February OMG

I can’t believe it is already February.  Can you?  This month I am going to participate in the One Monthly Goal (OMG) over at Red Letter Quilts.  I pulled this quilt top from my pile of UFOs to complete this month.  I wish I could get a little more excited about this quilt top.  I created it years ago and I find that I can’t really love it.  I’m not in love with the fabric or the style.  It will most likely end up being a charity quilt for a toddler or lap.  Like it or not, it is my February OMG.  I hope you will join me over at Red Letter Quilts.

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Loving Life

It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blog, but my heart has been with you all.  I’ve been following your progress with envy.  Things are changing at Darlington.  I gave up the day job effective the end of 2015 and January has been full of quilting.  You’ll see in a subsequent post that I am picking up where I left off.  In January, I completed two quilts and a small wall hanging.  Pictures of the quilts are forthcoming, but I thought I would share a glimpse of my wall hanging with you.  Would you believe this is my first wall hanging?  I’m not really a decorator, but I’ve decided this year I will add some quilty decor to the sewing room.  The inspiration for this came from the Mighty Lucky challenge sponsored by Lucky Spool.  The challenge in January was to use bias tape to create a project.  Here is my project.

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I experimented with various widths of bias tape and found that the smaller width tape was a little easier to manipulate than the wider widths.  Unfortunately, I didn’t order the wonder under tape suggested by the expert.  I think it would have helped enormously.  Also, I washed the wall hanging after I completed it.  Normally, I love the wrinkly texture of my quilts when I pull them out of the dryer, but I don’t know that I will wash wall hangings in the future.  The stiffness of an unwashed project probably displays better on the wall.  All in all, mighty lucky was a fun experiment, but I’m not sure I will be incorporating bias tape into a lot of projects in the future.

Stay tuned…I look forward to sharing my other January finishes with you later in the week and I’m diligently working on the Project Quilting challenge this month.  The prompt this month is thread and I’m well on my way to completing a runner to submit to the challenge.  I hope you will join me.

Memory Quilt

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For Christmas this year, I gave my mother a memory quilt I made from my grandmother’s clothes.  I think it turned out pretty well.  (That’s mom peeping over the quilt.)  I really fretted over this quilt and it took me some time to get started on it.  First, I needed to be in the right frame of mind to handle my precious Nana’s clothes.  Second, I wasn’t sure how to proceed with clothing that was not 100% cotton.  The background fabric came from my stash and was 100% cotton….Kona white, I believe, but Nana’s clothes were a cotton/poly blend.  I decided to prewash my background fabric this time and finally wrestled up the courage to cut into Nana’s clothes.  If I were to repeat this particular quilt, I think I would use a stabilizer on the back of clothing fabric to stiffen them up while working on this project.

Mom was very pleased with the quilt, but I fear she will never use it.  She will most likely keep it wrapped in tissue paper in a box and treasure the memories behind the quilt.  Oh well.

I’ll leave you with a couple more sampler blocks for my very own sampler quilt.  I’m a little disappointed in the log cabin block. There isn’t enough color differentiation in the block to suit me, but I’m not going back on it now.  I would have thought the aqua would have stood out from the white a bit more, but I guess the white is just too fussy.  I look forward to putting these all together soon….only nine more blocks to go.

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Thanks for visiting today!

Current WIP

After forking out a LOT of money for that beautiful Bernina 750 QE, I could hardly wait to spend the day sewing and getting acquainted with my new machine.  I’d like to say we had a good time together, but all I can say at the moment is that I purchased a dud.  When we plugged it in, the LED lights would flicker for a moment and then nothing…..no lights, no screen display, no sewing.  Of course, I had to wait until today to contact the shop where we purchased the machine.  They told me to bring it in.  I did – hoping they would be able to fix it on the spot with a new power chord or something, but instead I was told it would have to wait for an update by a Bernina technician next week.  How very disappointing!

Oh well….at least I still have my old machine.  Look what I’ve been working on lately.

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I think they are lovely.  I often see a block design that I like and then I never get around to making it.  I decided it was time to make a sampler quilt just for me, made up of blocks I love.  The fabric line is scrumptious and most of the block designs come from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.  I love that magazine!  Don’t you?  I recently purchased an electronic copy of the first 10 volumes.  I love having templates at the click of a button rather than having to cut them from the magazine.

I’ll leave you with one parting shot…..is this the most disgusted looking elf or what!?!?!

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Sunday Stash, Swooning and a Future Giveaway!

I’m so excited about the new addition to my stash this week.  It’s a 12 piece fat quarter collection called Dowry by Anna Maria Horner.  I receive a collection similar to this every month from A Joyful Soul Fabrics as a member of their fat quarter club.

 

Want to hear the best part about this particular stash?????  It could be yours on February 14!  Come back between January 25 and February 14 to enter my giveaway on the Grow Your Blog Party.  Two Bags Full has a delightful party in store for us.  Don’t miss it!  I hear there will be tons of giveaways.

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I’ll leave you with a picture of the Swoon in progress.  It will be a baby quilt someday soon!  At the moment it is pinned, basted and waiting to be quilted.  I think I will keep it simple with some straight line quilting.

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That’s it for me….what about you?  How is your stash looking this week?  Here’s to hoping you are making great progress in all your quilty and crafty endeavors!  Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

 

Sunday Stash

I’d be lying if I said I had to dig deep in my stash to pull these beauties, but the truth is this fabric has had a special place on the shelf – just waiting for a special project worthy of it’s beauty.

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The print is by Como by Alexander Henry and I am pairing it with this lovely pink and white marble and Kona white.  I’ll be cutting into it shortly to begin work on a swoon wall hanging for my sewing room.  I can’t wait to show you the finished project later this month.

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Molly Sparkles.